The Sunny Plumber Blog : Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Water Heater FAQ: What Is Standby Energy Loss?

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

sunny-plumbersYour water heater. An unsung hero in your home. There it sits, quietly (we hope) providing you with the hot water that you need for bathing, washing the dishes, doing your laundry, etc. Little did you know that this appliance you rely on and trust so much may, in fact, be:

An efficiency drain!

Okay, so that’s a bit dramatic. But standby energy loss is something that every tank water heater encounters. The amount of standby energy loss that your system suffers will vary depending upon a number of factors, and there are some ways in which to reduce it, but it’s something that you should be aware of. Learn more about the problem and how it may be affecting your water heater in Tucson, AZ, in the following post, and remember to work with our plumbers for all of your water heater service needs.

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When to Reach Out for Water Heater Repairs

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

sunny-plumberIt can be easy to overlook your water heater when it is functioning just as it should. You’re so used to using hot water reliably in your home, no doubt, that you have no reason to give it all that much thought provided that it is there when you need it. Typically, it is when something goes wrong with our water heater in Marana, AZ, that we realize just how vital its performance really is in our day to day lives. Ideally, you’d never run into water heater problems.

The reality of the world we do live in, however, is that water heaters are mechanical systems. That means that they will—not might, but will—encounter operational problems from time to time. When that happens, you definitely want to deal with any such problems as quickly and promptly as possible. That’s why we’ve got some tips to help you recognize signs of trouble early on. Keep them in mind, and let us know what concerns you have with your system.

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New Water Heater? Skip the Tank!

Monday, November 5th, 2018

sunny-plumbersIt doesn’t matter if you are on a pretty strict budget or if you have disposable income to spare. Replacing a water heater is nobody’s idea of a good, fun way to spend money. That doesn’t mean it’s not a necessary expense, though. Every water heater, regardless of make, model, and maintenance practices, has a limited lifespan. You’re going to need to replace yours eventually. When you do, you should think long and hard about what type of water heater you’ll choose as a replacement.

For many homeowners, the term water heater means one thing: a tank water heater. If the time has come for a water heater replacement in Tucson, though, or if you need a new water heater installed in a new home, you may want to think outside of the tank. They’re great systems, of course. But tankless water heaters also have some benefits to offer that tank models cannot really match. The Sunny Plumber Tucson has some tips about why you may want to skip the tank.

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Why Stick with a Tank Water Heater?

Monday, September 24th, 2018

sunny-plumberNew technology is not just something that pops up in Silicon Valley. There is plenty of innovation in trades such as plumbing, as well. If you are looking for a new water heater, and you are doing some preliminary research to find the one that is right for you, then you will undoubtedly come across articles singing the praises of tankless water heaters.

And you know what? That is with good cause. They are truly great systems, and can benefit many homeowners.

The key word there is “many.” Notice that we did not say “all.”

Truth be told, there is no such thing as any single water heater that is ideal in every situation or for every single homeowner. If there were, there wouldn’t be so many to choose from.

So, today, the pros here at The Sunny Plumber Tucson are going to help you to better understand why you may want to stick with a tank water heater in Tucson, AZ. If you have any questions, you know who to call! 

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Is This It? Time for a New Water Heater?

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

logoWhen it comes to an appliance that is as important as your water heater—something you use every single day, throughout the day, and for many different uses—you really need to know that it is in the great working shape necessary to get the job of heating water effectively done right. Of course, no water heater is going to last forever, either. While you don’t want to be wasting money on a premature replacement, you also really don’t want to wind up with a completely broken down system on your hands.

Today, we are going to talk about some of the reasons that you may want to replace your water heater. Planning out your replacement will save you the serious inconvenience of waiting for that replacement to happen when your water heater goes belly up at an inopportune time. Of course, you cannot always get out ahead of problems that you may encounter with your water heater. Scheduling your water heater services in Tucson with The Sunny Plumber Tucson, however, will give you the best chance of doing so.

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Worth the Money?

Monday, April 9th, 2018

sunny-plumbersAmong the plumbing services we offer are those for various water heaters in Tucson, AZ. This includes routine maintenance and repairs. When the time comes for a homeowner to purchase a new water heater for an installation or replacement, we always recommend that they take the time to really explore all of the different options that are out there. While the tank water heater is probably still the most popular system around, there is a lot to recommend the tankless variety.

While we are big advocates of the tankless water heater, for reasons that we’ll get into below, there is one factor that may dissuade some potential buyers right off the bat. and that is the price of the tankless water heater. When you’re doing your research on available systems, you’ll notice that tankless models are definitely more expensive than tank models. When you do a bit more research or simply read the following information, however, you’ll see that these systems really are worth the cost.

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Prevent Holiday Plumbing Nightmares

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

By Gary Eisenhauer

The holidays are a time to enjoy with friends and family. However, Thanksgiving, and other seasonal holidays, present the perfect recipe for costly and embarrassing plumbing failures. With a little planning and insight from industry experts, you can prevent yourself from holiday hassles. Here are the top four tips from The Sunny Plumber to keep your pipe dreams in check.

What’s the No. 1 issue consumers need to think about around the holidays to keep their plumbing working?

One of the most common plumbing issues people face during the holidays is a clogged sink or malfunctioning garbage disposal. I always recommend being wary of the “FOG.” Fats, oils, and grease are your garbage disposals worst enemy. While this material is in liquid form when it’s initially poured into the disposal, it congeals into a viscous sludge as it cools. The FOG then sticks to the walls of the disposal chamber, as well as the walls of the drain pipe. This can gum up the impeller, as well as clog the drain. Don’t pour FOG down the garbage disposal if you want to avoid these issues. Throw it away, instead.

That’s a good tip. What else should I avoid putting down my drain?

Never put beans, rice, pasta and bread down the drain. These are like sponges and when saturated with water, this food material will expand and can cause a backup. In addition, bones and fibrous foods should be thrown away or composted.

Moving to the bathroom, what should we steer clear of?

During the holidays bathroom facilities are taxed with additional traffic and usage. Annual maintenance to clear any build-up can often prevent major toilet clogs and avoid the spread of infectious waste in the bathroom. Also, stay away from using chemicals to try and clear blockage as this rarely remedies a clogged line and can damage your pipes. If a plunger doesn’t clear the clog, turn to the pros.

What to be mindful of with water heaters?

The arrival of cooler weather raises caution for water heaters. Cold air causes expansion and contraction in water heaters and in older units, fractures can occur resulting in failure – which usually leads to flooding. Routine maintenance can identify those risks as well as ensure water heaters are operating effectively and efficiently. Water heaters are your best friend, but can cause a lot of headaches when they are not taken care of or installed incorrectly. With some minor attention, you can prevent major problems from occurring and enjoy the holiday without flooding or no hot water with a house full of guests.

Gary Eisenhauer is general manager of The Sunny Plumber.

About The Sunny Plumber

The Sunny Plumber offers the highest quality plumbing services throughout the Southwest. All plumbers are experienced in solving a wide variety of plumbing problems including drain cleaning, leak detection, sewer line and garbage disposal repair. The company also sells, installs and services standard and tankless water heaters. All plumbers are background-checked, drug-tested, and receive continuous technical training to make them the best in the industry. For more information, visit thesunnyplumber.com.

 

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Is a Tankless Water Heater Right for Me?

Monday, August 14th, 2017

tankless-water-heaterA world in which you have no options available to you is not one that you’d want to live in, right? From the cars that we drive to the clothing that we wear and the colors that we paint our houses, we are constantly making decisions about our lifestyles based on our own personal user preferences. This extends to the selection of appliances for your home, the water heater included. Before investing in a new water heater, you are wise to weigh your options carefully.

The tank water heater is still the most popular type of water heater available to homeowners today. However, it is not the only choice available, nor is it necessarily the best choice for every homeowner. While it certainly suits many, others may find that using a tankless water heater in Tucson, AZ is right for them. We suggest you consider the following information to start deciding if it is indeed right for you. 

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3 Symptoms of Water Heater Issues

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Water heaters occasionally develop problems, just like any other system. Also just like any other system, the best way to handle water heater issues is to identify them as quickly as possible. The faster you can identify water heater issues, and have them repaired, the better off your system will be. Read on for some of the more common symptoms that your water heater is in trouble.

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How to Prepare Your Water Heater for Winter

Monday, November 21st, 2016

With winter upon us, you’re probably going to be increasing demand on all of your appliances that provide heat. The water heater is no different. If you want your water heater to be as prepared as possible for the winter season, it’s important that you take certain steps. Read on to find out more about how to prepare your water heater for the coming months.

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